Culture

The 4th Trimester: A Year in Review Part 2

As you probably gathered from Part 1 of this journey, during my 4th trimester I made it my mission to do whatever I could for my mental health and wellness.…

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Brand Re-Opening

As the world begins to open up post-pandemic, brands are facing existential questions. Is remote work the new norm? Are hybrid models worth the organizational hassle? Will real estate prove…

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The Other Side

As our lives were turned upside down over the last 15 months, we had many conversations at Listen about what cultural shifts and consumer behaviors would emerge on the other…

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The 4th Trimester: A Year in Review Part 1

Postpartum – the “P” word that is often not spoken about but every mother experiences it. Until very recently, some people will say it can be seen as the forgotten…

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Deeper than the media

Naomi Osaka turned heads last week after announcing she would not be speaking to the media during the French Open as a way to focus on her mental health.…

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This Picture is Worth +/-1,000 ETH

The innovation of the internet was to make information cheap, accessible and capable of being infinitely duplicated. This construct opened the world to abundant and inexpensive information. Humanity forever changed…

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Closing the Pleasure Gap

For the past two years, Listen has developed a thesis called “Better You,” which focuses on the factors that drive personal health and wellness — mental, sleep, nutrition, activity, livelihood,…

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Voice of the consumer

Startup: “We’re maniacally focused on the consumer.” VC: “Great, how many consumers did you talk to before launching your brand?” Startup: “Oh, we don’t do research. I mean…

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Theraplay

Coming out of our 2018 thematic jammer, we made “therapy” a focus area for new investments. The belief was (and still is) that the concept of exercising your mind was…

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What capital can’t do

In July of 2018, Brandless raised $240M from Softbank’s Vision Fund. The funding event would have caused a stir in the Listen office given our questions on their anti-branding approach.…

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